Summary of Which Country Does the Most Good for the World?

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Which Country Does the Most Good for the World? summary
To solve the world’s problems, nations must ditch their “microscope” view in favor of a “telescope” approach.


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“Goddamit, I’m glad that Ireland exists!” exclaims policy consultant Simon Anholt, and he thinks you should feel grateful, too. Anholt explains that countries that strive to earn the reputation of a “good” country hold the key to solving inextricable global problems. Though his novel thesis is worthy, his simple idea may be ahead of its time and probably doesn’t yet appear on politicians’ agendas. Anholt’s proposed paradigm shift can come only from a groundswell. getAbstract recommends his innovative proposition to concerned voters and social activists, who can use their influence to compel politicians to turn their attention outward.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the nation-state structure prevents finding solutions to seemingly inextricable global problems
  • Why maintaining a good reputation is important to each nation
  • What the “Good Country Index” measures
  • What the “goodest” countries do to garner high global regard
  • How they work for the benefit of all


While globalization has been a force for tremendous good, it has also wreaked havoc, intensifying global economic, environmental and social issues, such as terrorism and climate change. Thus, the world must strive to find solutions to these challenges. But for change to occur, the human race must work...
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Policy adviser Simon Anholt helps modify national and local governments’ behavior to improve their reputations.

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